Detergent At-home Tips Commercial Carwashes
Detergent in soapy wash water can pollute local waterways. This happens when soap and other chemicals enter a storm drain or stream when you're washing your car. You can help protect the environment by making sure this water does not go into the stormwater system.
- Direct wash water toward the lawn or a planted area.
- Use half the amount of soap so that the detergent breaks down faster.
- Keep water out of the street – Wash your car on a driveway or yard.
- Use cool water and biodegradable detergents.
- Clean vehicles on grass or gravel areas (when possible).
- Cover nearby storm drains before washing vehicles.
- Don't do any engine or parts cleaning.
- Avoid acid-based wheel cleaners.
Is a mobile carwash coming to your neighborhood? Let us know ahead of time. This will help prevent issues with wash water going into a storm drain.
- Direct soapy water from the carwash to the sanitary sewer system. Don't put wash water in the stormwater system.
- If a sewer connection is not available – direct wash water to collection pools or a similar method. Dispose of wash water properly in a sink.
- Let us know if you see a mobile carwash that isn’t properly disposing wash water. They should follow the same rules as commercial carwashes.